To get the most compensation from a car accident, you must build a strong case by collecting evidence from every available source. You may then have to negotiate with insurance company representatives to persuade them to pay a fair amount.
If you are not confident in your investigative or negotiation skills, you can hire a personal injury lawyer with our firm to do this for you. Hiring legal help can also save you time and energy, leaving you free to concentrate on your physical recovery and your loved ones.
Determining What Types of Compensation You Need After a Car Accident
The types—and amounts—of damages you can seek depend on several factors:
- The injuries and losses you sustained
- How severe and long-lasting those injuries and losses are
- State laws regulating how much compensation you can recover
For example, you could qualify for economic damages if you sustained these monetary losses:
- Loss of income: If you took a leave of absence from work while your injuries healed.
- Loss of earning capacity: If your injuries will always hinder your ability to find and maintain a job that pays equal to what you received before.
- Vehicle expenses: If you paid to repair or replace your vehicle or used other modes of transportation because your car was unusable after the crash.
- Healthcare expenses: If you needed any professional medical help for your injuries or expect future medical care.
In addition, you could qualify for noneconomic damages if you sustained these physical and mental injuries that negatively impacted your health and happiness:
- Disability: If your injuries temporarily or permanently diminished your physical or intellectual abilities.
- Disfigurement: If injury-related scar tissue affects your appearance or range of motion.
- Loss of consortium: If the accident adversely affected your relationship with your spouse (e.g., it caused mental health problems that make it difficult for you to connect with and confide in your spouse).
- Reduced quality of life: If your injuries have made it impossible to resume the active, pain-free lifestyle you once enjoyed.
- Stress, depression, and anxiety. If your injuries cause you emotional suffering and mental anguish.
What Is the Average Car Accident Settlement?
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), the average bodily injury liability claim in 2021 was around $22,700, and property damage claims averaged just over $5,000. However, every auto accident case is different, and your specific damages will depend on factors unique to you. We can use your bills, receipts, and evidence of your pain and suffering to pursue fair compensation.
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We Can Help You Get the Most Compensation After a Car Accident
Our team can perform all the legal tasks necessary to pursue the car accident compensation you need:
- Evaluating your case for free: Car accident victims can contact us at any time to find out how an injury attorney with our firm can assist with their claims or lawsuits. Additionally, we represent clients on contingency, meaning we charge no upfront or out-of-pocket attorney fees.
- Investigating the accident: We can visit the crash scene, solicit testimony from witnesses, request video footage or documentary evidence, and more.
- Filing paperwork: Lawsuits often require filling out a lot of paperwork, including notifications, settlement agreements, subpoenas, and trial exhibits. We will prepare and file your documents and track related case deadlines.
- Negotiating with the insurance company: We fight hard for our clients and do everything possible to persuade the insurer to pay what they need and deserve.
- Going to court: If the insurer refuses to pay and we have enough evidence, we can take your case to trial, where we will work to persuade a jury to award you damages.
- Managing communications: In addition to serving as a middleman between you and the liable party, we will keep you updated about what is happening with your case.
What Can You Do?
We will handle the insurance and legal details of your case. However, there are a few simple things you can do that may help you get the most compensation from a car accident:
- Seek medical treatment immediately if you have not done so already.
- Keep your medical bills, receipts, and other proof of expenses.
- Avoid posting about your car accident on social media or discussing your collision or crash injuries with anyone other than your lawyer or your doctor.
- Keep a daily record of your physical pain and mental and emotional state for your noneconomic damages claims.
- If an insurance agent contacts you directly, do not go into detail about your accident or agree to give a recorded statement. Instead, you can refer them to your attorney.
We Handle Both Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Car Accident Cases
Whether you suffered a personal injury in a car accident or filed a lawsuit on behalf of a loved one who succumbed to their injuries, we can help you pursue damages. The sooner we get to work, the more time we have to build a robust and convincing case.
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There Are Deadlines for Seeking Compensation for a Car Accident
Act quickly to protect your right to recover compensation. Each state has its statutes of limitations, or deadlines, in which accident victims must start their lawsuits:
- Arkansas gives you three years to file a personal injury lawsuit, per Ark. Code Ann. § 16-56-105. Under Ark. Code Ann. § 16-62-102, you have three years to file a wrongful death suit.
- In Alabama, you have two years to file a personal injury case, as stated in Ala. Code § 6-2-38. You have two years to pursue a wrongful death action under Ala. Code § 6-5-410.
- As stated in La. Civ. Code Art. 3492, Louisiana gives accident victims just one year to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
- Car accident victims in Mississippi have three years to file for personal injury or wrongful death, according to Miss. Code Ann. § 15-1-49.
These deadlines may be even shorter, depending on the circumstances of your accident. An attorney with our firm can tell you more about how the statutes of limitations where you live can affect your case. We can help you get started before time runs out.
Start Your Journey with Morris Bart, LLC with a Free Consultation Today
The Morris Bart law office can help you fight for the most compensation from a car accident. To learn more about your rights and options under the law, contact us 24/7 for a no-obligation case review. We can take your call day or night. For our clients’ convenience, we have 15 offices across four states.
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